News in Brief

Crypto Tools Target Hadoop Security Gaps

Jul 31, 2015 |

Growing concerns about the lack of built-in security for open source databases such as Hadoop has created a need for tighter data security as these databases are scaled up to perform big data analytics. A data encryption and key management tool released this week by cyber-security specialist Thales e-Security Inc. and big data security vendor Zettaset targets open source big data distributions of Hadoop and NoSQL. The standards-based key management appliance and companying encryption software is also intended to help Read more…

Baseball Analytics Yields MVP Contenders

Jul 30, 2015 |

As the Major League Baseball trading deadline approaches on Friday (July 31), one sabermetric statistic is ubiquitous in all trade rumor reports: WAR. WAR stands for “Wins Above Replacement,” and the metric is touted by baseball’s statistical weenies as among the best ways to evaluate a “player’s total contributions to their team.” But other factors are being added to the mix to determine, for example, which is the Most Valuable Player in each league. According to the website Baseball-Reference.com, “The Read more…

NASCAR Analytics Races To ‘Younger Crowd’

Jul 29, 2015 |

Worried that the bulk of its fans are part of an aging demographic, NASCAR is seeking to engage with younger racing enthusiasts via a new analytics platform that seeks to leverage, among other things, unstructured text data collected directly from NASCAR fans. The motor racing organization began working with partner HP Enterprise Services in 2013 to develop the Fan and Media Engagement Center, or FMEC. The platform is designed to track social media and break down unstructured text data using Read more…

IBM Adds Spark to z Systems Mainframe

Jul 27, 2015 |

In a bid to promote “mainframe analytics,” IBM said it would support Apache Spark for Linux on its latest z Systems offering while working with data mining specialists to expand analytic software to leverage additional z Systems processing power. IBM said Monday (July 27) the “enablement” of Apache Spark is part of an effort to expand its z Systems ecosystem. It plans to integrate Spark later this year with its z/OS. Spark support on IBM mainframes and components would also Read more…

Big Data Keeps on Truckin’

Jul 24, 2015 |

The trucking industry is the latest sector to embrace big data as fleet owners look for new ways to improve operating efficiencies and schedule maintenance. According to market researcher Frost & Sullivan, a handful of OEMS and Tier-1 suppliers have begun incorporating data analytics to drive efficiencies. Big data tools are also being leveraged in areas like design, manufacturing and warranty management. “Employing advanced data analytics tools with early detection capabilities will avoid large warranty claims,” the researcher noted by Read more…

Embedded Analytics Upgrade Looks to Bypass IT

Jul 23, 2015 |

Seeking to break down barriers to bypassing the IT department to deliver “self-service” analytics, embedded analytics specialist Logi Analytics has rolled out an upgraded platform that can be customized for individual enterprise users. Logi Analytics, McLean, Va., said this week its Logi 12 platform attempts to address the growing need to get around the one-size-fits-all approach to business intelligence and enterprise analytics. It cited a recent study that found fully 93 percent of enterprises want to deliver access to business Read more…

Fusion Upgrade Boosts Search Analytics

Jul 22, 2015 |

Lucidworks rolled out version 2.0 of its Fusion enterprise search application this week that includes a new user interface and redesigned UI workflows. The upgrade also is intended to make it easier for users to create and configure the search application, particularly for new users or those unfamiliar with the Solr architecture. Fusion sits on top of the open source Solr engine that is included in most distributions of Hadoop along with other enterprise applications. The updated Fusion UI also Read more…

EU Project Looks to Scale Earth Data

Jul 21, 2015 |

Planet Earth is the ultimate source of big data, from weather to natural resources to the activities of the 7 billion or so human beings wondering about the surface of our precious blue home. A European Union big data project called EarthServer was launched in 2011 to establish a standards-based analytics framework for Earth science, or geospatial, data. The goal was to apply an integrated query language to crunch geospatial data, with data volumes scaling to exabyte levels. During the Read more…

Cloudera Expands Spark Support

Jul 20, 2015 |

Data management specialist Cloudera is targeting “data at scale” with the rollout of an open source project dubbed Ibis designed to make Hadoop more accessible to data scientists. Along with its Ibis initiative that leverages the Python language, Cloudera said Monday (July 20) its big data push includes support for Apache Spark MLlib, the machine-learning library, in its upcoming release of Cloudera Enterprise 5.5. A Hadoop applications conference is also planned for October. Cloudera, Palo Alto, Calif., said Ibis would Read more…

Despite Startup Slowdown, VCs Keep Investing in Big Data

Jul 16, 2015 |

The number of software startups is down almost 50 percent since the start of the Great Recession, according to a new report from Evan’s Data Corp. Despite the slowdown, anecodocal evidence points to venture capital firms continuing to invest in big data analytics. According to the latest Developer Population and Demographics study from IT research firm Evan’s Data, the percentage of new software startups decreased by 49 percent since 2009. “We’re obviously still seeing the effects of the great recession Read more…